The annual pass – valid for one year from the issue date – is $35 with transaction and dealer fees if purchased at a license dealer, by phone or on-line. For details on purchasing, see http://discoverpass.wa.gov/ .
Licensed hunters and fishers do not need a Discover Pass to access lands managed by WDFW, because they receive a free Vehicle Use Permit with their license.
One such area is WDFW’s Oak Creek Wildlife Area about 15 miles northwest of Yakima, where hundreds of hungry elk and big-horn sheep gather each December to feed on alfalfa hay and pellets. Prospective visitors should call ahead (509-653-2390) about feeding times and elk-viewing tours.
Rather dig some razor clams? WDFW has tentatively scheduled evening digs at several ocean beaches Dec. 10, 22 and 23, pending the results of marine toxin tests. For updated information, check the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/ .
For more information about fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing available over the next month, see the Weekender Regional Reports posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/ . These reports are updated throughout the month to provide current information about recreational opportunities around the state.